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Awesome Apps and Sites for the Arts

Art can help students communicate their ideas and express themselves, whether inside or outside of an arts classroom. In facts, the arts can often come alive for students when fused with other subject areas. In today's digital classrooms, what students create and how they create has never been more expansive, and with the rise of digital design and STEAM, students can use the arts to contextualize and demonstrate STEM learning (as well as humanities learning). Whether students are into traditional fine art, music, theater, dance, design, coding, or beyond, digital creation tools offer students myriad opportunities to create and share whatever they can image. Explore the terrific tools on this list to find ways to empower your students to move from consumption to creation, and to make their voices and perspectives heard.

Easy Music - Give kids an ear for music Publisher: Edoki
Music-exploration app offers great balance of play and guidance
Grades Pre-K-2
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity Publisher: iMagine Machine LLC
Collage-maker teaches symbolism and revs up creativity
Grades Pre-K-6
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 3
Piano Maestro by JoyTubes Publisher: JoyTunes
Great sharing features help parents, teachers support piano practice
Grades Pre-K-12
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Wolfie For Piano Publisher: Tonara Ltd.
Stellar piano practice tool supports reflection, persistence
Grades Pre-K-12
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Codeable Crafts Publisher: Benesse
Animate stories with accessible drawing tools and coding blocks
Grades K-3
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Night Zookeeper Drawing Torch Publisher: Wonky Star Limited
Charming digital creation tool with fun prompts and a bit of magic
Grades K-5
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
ArtsEdge Visit Website: https://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/educators.aspx
Impressive cross-curricular resource helps put the A in STEAM
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
MetKids Visit Website: http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/metkids/
Whimsical, kid-friendly intro to the wide world of art
Grades 1-6
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
MoMA Art Lab Publisher: MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art
Interactive projects, cool prompts, and famous works inspire creation
Grades 1-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
WonderBox: Explore & Learn Science, Geography, Music, and Design Publisher: Duck Duck Moose
Curated videos and creative challenges ignite active learning
Grades 2-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
Google CS First Visit Website: https://www.cs-first.com
Middle school CS platform offers stellar resources, organizing tools
Grades 4-8
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Canva Publisher: Canva Pty Ltd.
Create snazzy designs in seconds with flexible, cloud-based tool
Grades 4-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
The Noun Project Visit Website: http://www.thenounproject.com
Think in pictures with vibrant visual language everyone can understand
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
iMovie Publisher: Apple
Pro-quality HD movie maker is easy enough for beginners
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
iTooch Music Publisher: eduPad
Charming visuals, challenging quizzes build solid musical knowledge
Grades 6-9
Type App
Price $5.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Autodesk Design Academy Visit Website: http://academy.autodesk.com
Outstanding project-based tutorials for popular engineering software
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Generator Visit Website: http://generator.acmi.net.au/
Well-rounded, hands-on intro to filmmaking
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Noteflight Visit Website: http://www.noteflight.com
Safe, collaborative space for creating and sharing original music
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
The Orchestra Publisher: Touch Press LLP
Stellar interactive features bring classical music vibrantly to life
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $13.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 3
Procreate Publisher: Savage Interactive Pty Ltd.
Outstanding art tool supports the workflow of seasoned digital painters
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $5.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Animoto Visit Website: http://animoto.com/
Create snazzy video slide shows with simple, flexible features
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Auxy Studio - Music & Beat Maker Publisher: Auxy AB
Loop beats like a pro with stellar music-maker
Grades 7-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Sketchbook Pro Publisher: Autodesk Inc.
Impressive creation tool for teens serious about art
Grades 7-12
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms Android, iPad, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Flat Visit Website: https://flat.io
Terrific composition tool empowers budding musicians to create, share
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Lucidpress Visit Website: http://www.lucidpress.com/
Collaborative publishing and design tool has lots of options, templates
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Adobe Spark Visit Website: https://spark.adobe.com
Super-flexible design tool for crafting fabulous images, videos, and sites
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Pic Collage Publisher: Cardinal Blue
Versatile, intuitive, engaging collage maker yields impressive designs
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows, Fire phone
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
PicMonkey Photo Editor Publisher: PicMonkey
Reliable photo editor built for design and social sharing
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Grafio 3 - Diagrams & ideas Publisher: Ten Touch Ltd.
Flexible app transforms sketches into pro-level designs and diagrams
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price $7.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated